Precautions to Take After a Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction (tooth removal), it is important to closely follow aftercare instructions to reduce problems that can happen after the procedure. It is not unusual to experience discomfort after tooth removal.

As long as discomfort is getting better each day, your child should be on the right track to recovery. With these precautions in mind, your child will be just fine.

Precautions To Take After A Tooth Removal

When a tooth is removed, a blood clot will form where the tooth used to be. After this happens, it is important not to disturb the clot or dry socket could form.

These precautions after a tooth removal help ensure proper healing while keeping the blood clot in place.

  • Relax after surgery—Don’t partake in any strenuous activity.
  • Change gauze pads—Make sure you swap out these pads regularly to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Take painkillers as prescribed—This medicine can ease pain and swelling. Try to avoid Aspirin, as this could cause more bleeding.
  • Apply an ice pack—This method can reduce pain and swelling.
  • Do not lie flat—Lying flat could prolong bleeding. Instead, try propping your head up on pillows.
  • Eat soft, healthy foods and snacks—Eating hard foods can disturb the blood clot. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, but don’t drink from a straw.
  • Brush teeth gently—Avoid brushing around the removal area at first. Do not use toothpaste or mouthwash, which could dislodge the blood clot.
  • Keep removal site clean—Rinse out your mouth after 12 hours. Rinse four times with salt water.
  • Don’t drink hot liquids—Hot liquids can increase swelling. Instead, try drinking room-temperature liquids.

Talk to a Dentist About Tooth Removal Post-Care

For questions about a tooth removal procedure for your child, contact Kool Smiles. Our dentists have years of experience working with children and we make them feel at home in our colorful and playful offices.

We believe every child has the right to quality dental care. We offer affordable dental services and accept various payments. Kool Smiles has over 120 locations, all of which accept Medicaid, TRICARE, SCHIP, and CareCredit along with regular cash and credit card payments.

Find a Kool Smiles location near you, or call us to make your child’s next appointment. We’re happy to answer your questions about tooth removal and dental care, and we look forward to helping keep your child’s smile healthy and bright.



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